This week has been one to celebrate! After an aggressive construction timeline this summer and fall, the Valley Housing Fund has completed all three Paul Redden Workforce Rentals. Located in the heart of Crested Butte, VHF’s Board and Staff is delighted to honor Paul Redden’s legacy by providing homes for the workers of Crested Butte.
On Monday, community members gathered for a dedication, ribbon cutting, and tour of the property and homes. New residents have already moved into two of the homes, with the third scheduled for the end of the month. Each new resident will enjoy a beautiful view of Gothic Mountain, sparkling new interior finishes and brand new appliances, and private storage.
VHF Founding member Jim Starr shared the following words: “It has always been a desire of the Valley Housing Fund to help provide affordable housing throughout the communities where folks are employed, and the Redden Workforce Housing site is the embodiment of that idea. We sincerely appreciate all of those who have helped transform this idea in to a reality. I can assure you that it has taken hundreds —if not thousands— of hours of committed work, and our reward will be the realization that local people will be able to live here for decades to come.”
He continued, “We’d also like to recognize and thank the Redden family for their very generous contribution to the cause of local workforce housing by substantially reducing the price of these three home lots for VHF. Their simple request was that we acknowledge Paul’s caring for the working people of CB in an on-site feature on the property, which will be placed next summer.”
The idea for this project began over coffee between Jim Starr and Rudy Rozman, longtime local and dear friend of Paul. After Paul’s passing in 2019, the Redden family generously sold Paul’s property to the Valley Housing Fund in 2020 for significantly less than its appraised value with the understanding that we would maximize the property with permanent housing for Crested Butte’s workers and honor Paul in the process. Construction began in June 2022 and is now complete. Once the snow melts next spring, trees will be planted on all three properties.